Tom Crean won’t be on the sidelines as a college basketball coach this season. Instead, he’ll be analyzing the games for ESPN.
The former Indiana coach won’t be the only former coach joining ESPN, either. The network has hired John Thompson III and Jimmy Dykes as well, it announced Monday. Crean will alternate roles as a studio analyst and a game analyst for ESPN.
Crean did not find employment after Indiana fired him following the end of the 2016-17 season, his ninth with the Hoosiers. His teams made four trips to the NCAA Tournament during those nine seasons, and fell in the first round of the NIT to Georgia Tech.
It’s not exactly clear what steps Crean did or didn’t take to seek another coaching job.He reportedly emerged as a candidate for the Louisville job after Rick Pitino’s firing, but that never materialized. The Cardinals kept assistant David Padgett on as the interim coach, and recently signed him to a one-year contract.
This move gives Crean some exposure for the upcoming season, and still puts him in good position to take another head coaching job should one open up.